pirmdiena, 2011. gada 31. oktobris

Sorry for disappearing for a while from here, but I'm back ^^ I think not for a long time, as now at every free minute I will have to go to my teacher & sort out, count and define insects which we caught in May for my course work. And also I'm really between these eight people, representing University of Latvia and Botanical garden at biomimicry project, about which I told you some time ago, so every Thursday I'll have to go to conferences to talk about this project. And also we'll have to learn everything about Botanical garden and plants growing there [so we could know about which of them to prepare excursions]. The rest of this year will be crazy, but some courses [like plant anatomy & typology of Latvian soil and vegetation] will end until the end of November, so it will be easier.
I think you know what this photo means - this Thursday I'm going to Amorphis concert ^^ I also really wanted to go to newman's ball at our faculty, but it seems that all the good things always happen at the same day, so I chose this concert :)
And now about everything what happened since I last time wrote here something about my life.
On 14th of October we had Bio-night - an event organized by 1st course for other biologists. I didn't have my camera with me, but there was a photographer, so I have some photos. Unfortunately, I was there just for an hour, and then I went to a movie with my friend [we wanted to meet for a talk for such a long time, that didn't want to postpone it again].
Me, Zane, Undīne, Edgars, Artūrs, Agnese, Egija.
A man in the middle is our dean :D
1st course were showing a performance about our teachers, was so funny :D
Ballerina :D This part of a performance was about our physics teacher, and it was the funniest, I guess. This teacher has a Russian accent when he's saying some words [like lambda and ballerina], and sounds so funny when he's talking in Latvian. And when he's talking about rotation, he's always drawing such a funny ballerina on a blackboard :D
Last Tuesday I had my 20th birthday. I promised to bring kid's champagne to my friend, and also I bought some donuts :)
Celebrated a bit in faculty's cafe with my girls, my friends from 3rd course and even ecology teacher :D And on Saturday we celebrated it with my relatives. By the way, I came to a conclusion for another time, that people have no imagination. Almost everyone from the relatives asked me what I want to receive as a present, and after my answer that I don't know, everyone gave me money. Of course, that's also positive, but the best gifts don't have to be valuable. I'll talk about those [from my friends] which I loved the most :) 1st place goes to my best friend Linda, who just congratulated me, saying: `I wish to you that one day all the world of formula 1 will raise a glass for you! And you will celebrate your bday together with Kimi & Heikki!` That was the best birthday wish I've ever heard :) 2nd place goes to my girls from faculty, who bought me a small cake, lit a candle and came to ecology lecture singing happy birthday song for me ^^ My mom gave me 5 red roses, and dad - 9 really big yellow roses ^^ And some other gifts:
Finnish dictionary from my dad ^^
Body yoghurt & soap from my friends from faculty ^^

Some other photos from birthday:
Me & Linda
My cake ^^
Me with a cake ^^
I was talking about Raikkonen then *I always celebrate his and Heikki's birthday together with mine* :D
Linda, my mom and me :)
And I think that I will end with these photos, as it's almost 2:30 a.m, and I'm still up, watching F1 race replay in India :D And tomorrow I will have to get up at 7, go to biochemistry and then work with insects. And also students from 1st course will come and I will have to tell them what I'm doing :D
Goodnight everyone ;*

pirmdiena, 2011. gada 24. oktobris

If it will go on like that, my blog will turn into some kind of memorial book. Not a long time ago (8th of September) I wrote here about Lokomotiv. Last time (17th of October) I just didn't want to make this day bad and didn't write anything about Dan Wheldon. But today I can't stay silent.
Marco Simoncelli. 24 years old. MotoGP racing driver. He left us yesterday, during the race at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia, at 16:56 local time.
I mentioned Dan Wheldon before. He was killed at 16th of October in a racing accident in IndyCar ar Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where 15 cars were involved. He was 33 years old. I came home at Monday and found out about this crash. And I couldn't stop crying, even though I never saw Dan racing and didn't hear about him very often.
But Marco I knew very good. I was watching MotoGP since summer 2008. And that year Marco became World Champion in 250cc class. I remember this day like it was yesterday - everyone was so happy, especially Marco. He was the person I liked since the first time I saw him. Russian commentators called him Dandelion. And since that day me too. In 2010 he came to 500cc (MotoGP) class, and of course couldn't drive as fast as in 250cc, but I believed in him. In 2011 I stopped watching MotoGP, because many races overlapped with F1 and I couldn't follow so many of them. And also I saw crash of Shoya Tomizawa during the race at 5th of September, 2010, and it was also fatal. Shoya was 19 years old. And I didn't want to watch it anymore.
Yesterday I was sticking leaves of trees for my herbarium, and my dad started to read a piece of news. That MotoGP race at Malaysia was stopped after an accident involving Simoncelli, Edwards and Rossi. Nothing happened to Rossi, Edwards was injured with a dislocated shoulder, but Simoncelli... `No..` - I thought, because I already understood what happened and didn't want to hear it. `..but Simoncelli died because of his injuries`. `Marco's dead? No, no way, that just can't be true!` - I whispered. `I will never believe it!` But I should believe. It seems so unreal.
And yesterday I also found out that at 9th of October Russian ski jumper Pavel Karelin died in a car accident. He was 21. I actually never realized that he was so young. Because I'm often watching ski jumping in winter, and Russian commentators mention him so often as a really good and perspective jumper. And he's been participating in world cups since 2007. By the way, four days before this accident I saw ski jumping in my dream, although I never dreamed about it before, and it seemed a bit strange. Seems that it really was.
Three Sundays of October. I really don't want to think about this one.
Sorry about this messy and emotional post. In few days I'll try to write something more positive, about my B-day, Bio-night and so on.
And finally one of my verses, related to this situation. It's in Latvian, but I translated it in English. As it's long, just press Uzzināt vairāk » to read it.

pirmdiena, 2011. gada 17. oktobris

Happy Birthday, Kimi!

Today is so beautiful weather outside, and I'm walking around smiling like crazy, just don't know why :D
Or maybe I do - today is 32nd birthday of Kimi Raikkonen :) So, in this case, I'll write here one of my verses in English. I wrote it in 2009, when Kimi became 30 years old ^^

It's rainy, but I love this day –
October seventeenth for me
Is celebration anyway –
And it will always, always be.

Today's your birthday, Kimi, so
For me it's celebration too
And I don't care that I don't know
What’ll happen in F-1 to you.

You make me smile, I learnt from you
To be myself and let past go,
I didn't know, but now I do –
Today's a gift for us, and so

Congratulations, Kimi, and
Try to remain as good you are
You are my Champ, just understand
You'll always, always be my star!

This photo was on a desktop of my computer, when I was with biologists at Kolka, and at least five persons asked me, is it my boyfriend :D

And this is my favourite video about Kimi :)

This week will be crazy I think, as I have tests everywhere, but somehow I'll do it, I know :) Yeah, and tomorrow I'll be 20 years old. Don't want for this day to come :/

ceturtdiena, 2011. gada 13. oktobris

Just a quick post today :) 13th day of the month always seems to be so great (especially if it's Friday, well, today is Thursday, but that's not the point) :)
Today we were at LU Botanical Garden for a lecture in typology of Latvian soil & vegetation. Now we will have lectures there until December, and this place is so great - we can drink tea during lecture and after that simply walk around, as for students of Latvian University it's for free.
Beautiful flower :)
During lecture :D
And today me & my friends joined one international project in bionics :) Every country which joins this project has to make a team from 7-8 persons (biologists, engineers etc.), study different materials sent by organization (Greatbritain organizes this project) and until 21th of December make a presentation describing some project, how people could use processes of nature in their lives. I still don't know will we be in this `official list` or just as consultants (because there's no need of such a big number of biologists in this project), but still we'll get these materials and take part in it :)
And also we will work as a guides in this botanical garden (for free, of course) :) We'll make a team with two of my friends and think about different excursion and entertainments in this garden for children and also adults. I think we're a perfect team, as I can tell about insects & animals living there from the scientific side, Zane can do the same with plants & trees, and Sandra (although she's not into science so much) can think about different activities, which would be funny and interesting :) Next Thursday we will listen to advises and get some information and presentation (which was told last year to garden's stuff by a woman from Britain) and then we'll think about these excursions. By the way, I've always wanted to be a guide, I even wanted to study tourism, so there's my chance.
I tried something like that when I was at Kolka, because we organized Slītere Insects Night, and many people came there, so I had to help them with binoculars (our teachers were too busy to do that) and also tell them something about insects they looked at. Was fun, as I just finished 1st study year and didn't know much, and also I haven't prepared anything and just told random facts. But people were like `wow, that's so interesting`, even older people, not only kids. And I was like `wow, do they really like what I'm telling so much?` :D I was speaking for more than two hours about these insects, even couldn't talk at the end :D
Me ar Slītere Insects Night
So, I hope everything will be ok :) Wish me luck ^^

pirmdiena, 2011. gada 10. oktobris

Photopost: In Love With Autumn

As I've posted results of my photo hunt, now it's time to write about life :)
Despite it's really cold outside, I'm in a very good mood - today I wrote my biochemistry test, so can relax a bit (I also have to write a project in genetics, but that's easier than learning biochemistry). By the way, if nobody told me the right answers, I probably wouldn't have passed this test :D And today we also sang a funny song at biochemistry lecture :D You can listen to it and read lyrics here :D Biochemistry-related photos :D
Learning for the test
yesterday, watching F1
Japanese GP 2008 ^^
Today's test (we corrected our
tests by ourselves, this one is with
all correct answers).
Laboratory works, 03.10.2011
And if you know about my addiction to formula-1, you can guess what my German-flag-nails this week mean ^^
This Saturday I finally found time to go to the city of Cēsis :) I was there in winter, but this time the main idea was to go there with our bikes and drive a bit around the city and also to visit Eagle cliffs (Ērgļu klintis). I was learning biochemistry again, and the train was so full that I had to sit on the floor :D
But soon we got to Cēsis and went to see these Eagle cliffs (you can see where I was driving here). Really beautiful place ^^ Later we went back to the city and visited a park there. So, photos from that day:
In the wood
Shells near Gauja river
Gauja :)
Eagle cliffs
Grass snake & Eagle cliffs again
Beautiful autumn
Cute little frog
Cat & main church in Cēsis
Cēsu Castle
Photos with me will be in a next post ^^

Photo hunt ^^

Finally I'm writing here again [and I'm planning to write several posts today] :)
First of all - I had a bit time to travel around Latvia this weekend, and I joined a photo hunt, described in Katja's blog :) So - eleven photos with 9 different colours and something transparent and checkered. By the way, I decided to make it a bit harder and find all these colours in nature, without taking photos of houses, cars and other things made by humans.
Berries of Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Fruits of Evonymus europaea (European spindle)
Flower of Brassica napus (rapeseed)
The only plant growing in the sand near Gauja river
Light blue
Sky above my bus stop
Flowers in the park of Cēsis city
Flower of a plant from family Compositae (I got a bit confused by how its name was)
Strange mushroom on a tree
Black Swan in the park of Cēsis city
Water of Gauja river (and a cute little frog underwater ^^)
Kimi, the Giraffe, Riga zoo *well, he's not perfect, as it's nature ^^*

Idea of this photo hunt was great, I liked walking around and searching for colours, in everyday life we simply don't imagine how colorful is everything around us ^^
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